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[lam-poon] /læmˈpun/
a sharp, often virulent satire directed against an individual or institution; a work of literature, art, or the like, ridiculing severely the character or behavior of a person, society, etc.
verb (used with object)
to mock or ridicule in a lampoon:
to lampoon important leaders in the government.
Origin of lampoon
1635-45; < French lampon, said to be noun use of lampons let us guzzle (from a drinking song), imperative of lamper, akin to laper to lap up < Germanic; see lap3
Related forms
lampooner, lampoonist, noun
lampoonery, noun
unlampooned, adjective
1. See satire. Unabridged
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  • As early as 1832 Jerrold was lampooning him in his "Punch in London."

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann
  • As it was, the poor little cripple was whipped at Twyford for lampooning his master.

    Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
  • Why, dash it all, she will be lampooning us in it before we know where we are.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • They avenged themselves by lampooning him, and they were masters in the art.

  • Thus the older poets were distinguished as writers of heroic or of lampooning verse.

    Poetics Aristotle
British Dictionary definitions for lampooning


a satire in prose or verse ridiculing a person, literary work, etc
(transitive) to attack or satirize in a lampoon
Derived Forms
lampooner, lampoonist, noun
lampoonery, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French lampon, perhaps from lampons let us drink (frequently used as a refrain in poems)
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Word Origin and History for lampooning



1640s, from French lampon (17c.), of unknown origin, said by French etymologists to be from lampons "let us drink," popular refrain for scurrilous 17c. songs, from lamper "to drink, guzzle," a nasalized form of laper "to lap," from a Germanic source akin to lap (v.). Also see -oon.



1650s, from lampoon (n.), or else from French lamponner, from the Middle French noun. Related: Lampooned; lampooning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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